Τετάρτη, 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015

Saving Schengen: How to protect passport-free travel in Europe

Schengen countries must decide when Bulgaria and Romania should join, whether Greece should leave and how to work more closely with Turkey on border control. 
Saving Schengen: How to protect passport-free travel in Europe
Greece was already at the eye of the storm in 2012: not only was it at the centre of the euro crisis, but it was also showing systemic deficiencies in its border control and asylum systems. Today Greece is still the weakest link in both the euro and Schengen chains. In the report Brady, now an aide to European Council president Donald Tusk, argued that governments and the European Commission should sort out Greece’s dysfunctional immigration and asylum system, accelerate existing border-control initiatives, and strengthen co-operation with countries in North Africa, Russia, and, most importantly, Turkey. These policy recommendations remain particularly valid today, in the light of Europe’s current refugee crisis.  

"Imagine if EU leaders were given a sneak preview of today’s eurozone two years ago. They would then have done whatever was necessary to prevent the crisis in the single currency from escalating into something much worse. The same thing may be true of Schengen".

Unfortunately, in dealing with the refugee crisis European leaders have repeated the same mistakes that they or their predecessors made with the eurozone crisis: they ignored the warning signs in 2012, and are now faced with much bigger problems.
Camino Mortera-Martinez CER’s Justice and Home Affairs research fellow, says:
"The Schengen area, like the eurozone, is facing challenging times. Both work on a simple premise: solidarity, or the pooling of resources and the sharing of responsibilities. Yet the same member-states who decided to adopt a common currency and implement a borderless-space, seem to have forgotten this. Europe’s refugee crisis is first and foremost a humanitarian disaster, but left untreated it also has the potential to damage one of the key pillars of the EU: the idea of a passport-free zone for European citizens to move freely."

"However the collapse of the Schengen system is far from inevitable. The Schengen Border Code allows enough flexibility for countries to protect their borders while still being part of a passport-free zone. EU leaders should not destroy Schengen in blind panic."

Written by Hugo Brady
sourche: http://www.cer.org.uk/publications/archive/report/2012/saving-schengen-how-protect-passport-free-travel-europe?utm_source=All+website+signups+as+of+21+March+2014&utm_campaign=9232800275-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c3be79867d-9232800275-301763949

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